Self-taught artist Naomi Brown finds most of her painting inspiration comes from growing up in the desert. She was born in Twentynine Palms, California, with Joshua Tree National Park basically in her backyard and much of her childhood was spent exploring and hiking around the park. She says, “I remember packing my red wagon with some blankets and a picnic lunch my mother lovingly made for myself and my younger sisters, and we would head out into the wide-open desert to find the perfect creosote bush to build a fort and have our picnic under a big blue desert sky. I know the difference of blues in a winter sky and a summer sky.”
Brown calls the desert a unique place, explaining, “It comes across as a very harsh environment, but if you take the time to explore it and understand it, you begin to see the hidden beauties. The display of colors in the morning and especially the evening are so inspiring. It’s like a beautiful gift before the day begins and ends. This is the delicate beauty of the desert that is probably the biggest inspiration behind my paintings. I love capturing this light. I love capturing the colors of the desert in my paintings. Once you let the desert enter your soul it changes you forever.”
July 29 to August 1, her work will be on view at LA Art Show in the SLOPOKE Gallery booth. Then, September 24 to 26, her paintings can be seen in the SLOPOKE Western Art Show in Solvang, California. —
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